The Irish budget airline Ryanair is currently negotiating with Finavia about the possibility of opening new routes from airports in eastern Finland, with a view to attracting passengers from across the Russian border. Finavia is a service company that maintains a network of 25 airports in Finland and the air navigation system covering the entire country.
Ryanair also recently announced that it is starting scheduled flights from Lappeenranta, near the Russian border, to Dusseldorf in Germany on 4 March 2010 – a month earlier than originally planned due to encouraging pre-sales. Lappeenranta is already attracting 70% of its passengers from Russia.
Ryanair started operating Finland in 2003 from the city of Tampere.
Sources: Etelä-Saimaa, Taloussanomat